Frequently Asked Questions
How hot will this furnace go?
What is the wattage?
What is the capacity?
Where did you find the elements?
Can I make my own elements?
Where do I find high temp cement?
How did you form the grooves in the firebrick?
What kind of crucible do you use?
Will the furnace melt brass?
What is your source of aluminum?
How long does it take to melt?
Where do I find casting sand?
What’s improved about this furnace?
How long does it take to build the furnace?
How much does it cost to build the furnace?
Step-by-Step Construction At a Glance
Steps to Completion
Radiant vs. Induction vs. Ultrasonic
Hereby, therefore, and heretofore…
Resistance Losses of Various Materials
The Length of the Conductor and its resistance
How Temperature affects electrical characteristics of an element
Using Refractory to Trap and Store Heat
Also needs to withstand mechanical shock
Readily available refractory materials
From Garden Center or Superstore: (Wal-Mart, K-mart, etc)
From Hardware Store or Fireplace Specialty Shop
From Ceramics Shop: (or online supplier)
Drilling Holes and Mounting Hardware
Diagram: Firebrick Grooving
Patience, patience, dust, sparks
The Straight Bricks
The Terminal Brick
Beveling the bricks
Making the Terminal Brick Grooves
Drilling the Terminal Holes
Clamping the Firebrick Hexagon
Arranging the bricks
Diagram: Dimensions of
MAKING YOUR OWN REFRACTORY
ASSEMBLING THE FURNACE
Diagram: Drilling the
Ramming up the base
Diagram: Base Detail
Briefly cure the base
Set the heating chamber on the base
Diagram: Centering the
Firebrick Hexagon within the
Ramming up the Heating Chamber
Diagram: Heating Chamber
Diagram: Terminal Mounting
The Hexagon Chamber Cover
Diagram: Chamber cover
Diagram: Hexagon cover and
Ramming up the Lid
The vent hole former
Diagram: Lid and vent hole
Air drying, more patience
Install the element in the heating chamber
Different Sizes: Scaling the furnace larger or smaller
Making the furnace more